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Food choices for weight management

Overweight and obesity are becoming a major health concern for people of all ages, including midlife and older adults. From the viewpoint of health, overweight and obesity increase the risks for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep problems, osteoarthritis and other conditions (National Institutes of Health).

Although the causes of overweight and obesity can be complex, the World Health Organization summarizes major causes as a global shift towards diets of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients, and a trend towards decreased physical activity.

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